Councillors asked to endorse multi-million pound programme

Fraserburgh Academy.
Fraserburgh Academy.

Councillors will be asked to endorse a multi-million programme of planned maintenance works on the Council’s estate.

Members of the council’s Rolicy and Resources Committee will also be asked to approve further works for the year ahead at a meeting on April 3.

Repairs to schools, town halls and leisure facilities have totalled over £10m since 2012.

The work includes window replacements to 25 schools including Banff Academy, Macduff School and Fyvie School to heating and electrical systems, roofing works, fire safety and resurfacing of playgrounds and car parks.

The Council’s Maintenance Strategy sets out key themes including the replacement in schools of all single-glazed steel-framed windows with appropriate double-glazed units by 31 March 2015; electrical and heating upgrades; toilet improvements; and school playground upgrades.

The programme for 2014/15 totals £1.6 million and councillors will be asked to approve the plan which identifies projects in all areas of Aberdeenshire.

Banff and Buchan projects include £96,000 for Fraserburgh Library roof repairs, £98,000 for Ordiquhill School window upgrades and £260,000 for refurbishment at the Grade A listed Tarlair Pool in Macduff.

Buchan projects include £255,000 at Aden Country Park, toilet upgrades at Buchanhaven School and £30,000 for refurbishment at Fernbank Children’s Home.

Formartine projects include £149,000 for Ellon Primary School playground.

The plan will complement a range of activities already committed within the Capital Plan including school enhancements, new schools, improved disabled access, office accommodation, public toilet upgrades, energy efficiency projects and carbon reduction projects.

The works are part of a wider, three year programme of maintenance which will see a further £5million spent between 2015 and 2017.